This blog is for English actress, cakemaker and writer Jane Asher, with many pictures and accurate information of one of the most beautiful rock muses from the 20th century.

Monday, 31 October 2016

'Cold Equations', 1962

On July 14, 1962 Jane Asher’s appearance on the ITV1 series “Out Of This World” aired.  

Jane portrayed Lee Cross in an episode titled “Cold Equations” about an astronaut who must deliver a cargo of vaccine to a plague-stricken colony world, but the presence of Lee Cross, a teenage stowaway on rocket ship hoping to see her brother on another planet, means he hasn’t enough fuel to complete his mission.

Pictures 1 to 4 and info) Lady Jane yahoo group.
Photo 5) Peter Wyngarde as Captain Barton. From the net. If it’s yours contact me and I’ll give you full credit.

Photo 6) http://www.aveleyman.com/

Friday, 28 October 2016

Marc Henrie shots, 1965

Circa mid 1965 - Jane tries on a hat in an unidentified London boutique while posing for photographer Marc Henrie. Jane reportedly bought the two dolls she posed with.

From Australian TV WEEK, July 31, 1965 issue. Lady Jane group at yahoo!

Monday, 24 October 2016

Dreamchild, 1985

Dreamchild is a 1985 British drama film written by Dennis Potter, directed by Gavin Millar and produced by Rick McCallum and Kenith Trodd. It stars Coral Browne, Ian Holm, Peter Gallagher, Nicola Cowper and Amelia Shankley and is a fictionalised account of Alice Liddell, the child who inspired Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Exploring the somewhat darker and more mysterious side of the Lewis Carroll's classic book, the movie follows Alice Liddell (the book's inspiration) as an old woman who is haunted by the characters she was once so amused by. As she thinks back on it, she starts to see her relationship with the shy author/professor in a new way and realizes the vast change between the young Alice and the old. Jane Asher as Mrs. Liddell.

The story is told from the point of view of the elderly Alice (now the widowed Mrs Hargreaves) as she travels to the United States from England to receive an honorary degree from Columbia University celebrating the centenary of Lewis Carroll's birth. 

The film evolves from the factual to the hallucinatory as Alice revisits her memories of the Reverend Charles Dodgson (Holm), in Victorian-era Oxford to her immediate present in Depression-era New York.

Accompanied by a shy young orphan named Lucy (Cowper), old Alice must make her way through the modern world of tabloid journalism and commercial exploitation while attempting to come to peace with her conflicted childhood with the Oxford don. 

Photo 1) Jane with Amelia Shankley as young Alice. From an article titled - About Town, Lady Hane group at yahoo!
Photo 2) Lady Jane group at yahoo!
Photo 3) From the internet. If it's yours, drop me a line and I'll give you full credit.
Photo 4) Imogen Boorman (as Lorina), Amelia Shankley, unknown and Jane Asher. From the internet. If it's yours, drop me a line and I'll give you full credit.
Photo 5) Jane Asher, unknown, Ian Holm, Amelia Shankley, unknown. APA Picturedesk.

Friday, 21 October 2016

The Canterville Ghost press night, 2006

May 25, 2006 - Jane Asher and husband Gerald Scarfe during The Canterville Ghost press night & VIP Pre-show Party at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London, Great Britain.

Photos 1 & 2) Alan Weller/FilmMagic/Getty Images.
Photos 3 & 4) Getty Images.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Bryan Wharton portraits, 1983

August 31st, 1983 - Portraits of actress and part-time author Jane Asher in the countryside by Bryan Wharton.


Friday, 14 October 2016

The Buccaneers, 1957

Robert Shaw (Captain Dan Tempest), Jane Asher (Jenny Purdy) and Peter Soule (Flip Purdy) in “The Buccaneers” episode “Flip and Jenny” (Season 1, episode 32) aired on April 24th, 1957.
Produced by Sidney Cole, directed by Peter Maxwell and written by Neil R. Collins.

Captain Dan Tempest finds two children, Flip and Jenny Purdy, a young brother and sister, stowed away on his ship. They tell a story of their father, an indentured slave, being thrown in jail for his refusal to work until the local land owner agrees to educate the children. The children
convince Captain Tempest and his men to break their father out of jail. 
Also starring Robert Hardy (Lord Hinch), Paul Hansard (Taffy), Brian Rawlinson (Gaff Guernsay), Edwin Richfield (crewman Armando), Wilfred Downing (crewman Dickon), Colin Douglas (Papa Purdy), Seymour Green (Constable Herridge), Derek Tansley (Sylvester, gentleman and flute player), Roy Purcell (guard), John Dearth (Bellows), Dawson France (Piggot), Willoughby Gray (crewman Pop), Pearl Prescod (unknown).

Source with video of the episode.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Paul McCartney & Jane Asher: Alone and In Love, 1967

Teen Life. November 1967.

Why do Paul and Jane like to hide themselves away on a remote farm in Scotland? Because they want to be... ALONE AND IN LOVE

The young couple ran playing through the lonely fields and the sound of carefree laughter filled the air. He wore an old pair of blue jeans and a sweatershirt - she, a short shleeved woolen sweter, her favourite pair of slacks and a pair of well-worn boots. And as they ran, hand in hand, her long red hair blew carelessly in the breeze. At their heels romped a large and excited Old English sheepdog.

From a distance, they looked like any other young sweethearts in lover with nothing on their minds but each other.

But the locals who live in this part of the world, and who are not unused to seeing the couple acting like this, know that they are no ordinary boy and girl. That the handsome man with tussled hair is no other than Beatle Paul McCartney and that the lovely, wholesome girl with freckled face and warm smile, is his actress girlfriend Jane Asher.

But to the residents of Cambeltown in the country of Kintyre in Scotland, it doesn't much matter who they are. They know that Paul bought High Park Farm, with its 183 acres, so that he could escape from the pressures and bustle of the city and have some peace and quiet. And being people who are known for keeping themselves to themselves, they believe that Paul is entitled to privacy. And they leave him alone.

Paul bought the old farm in 1966. He needed a place where he could, for a little while, forget the recording studios, footlights, screaming, traveling and crowds. A hideaway remote from civilization. But at that time the Beatles didn't have too much time on their hands for relaxing, and Paul wasn't able to fly up to his farm very often. 

Now things have changed. The Beatles usual hectic schedule has, for the time being, almost come to a standstill, and they are able to enjoy themselves doing what they want - when they want to do it. Which means that Paul can now take off to Scotland whenever the group is free, and relax to his heart's content. But, more ofthen than not, he'll be found wandering around with an assortmen of tools in his hand, fixing and decorating.

What's the farm like? Well, it's a squat, grey sandstone building with a corrugated iron roof and a byre only the thickness of a wall away.

The farmhouse has three rooms, two bedrooms with wild roses growing round the windows and a stone-floored kitchen with a large cooker and a double bed in the corner.

But it also has "modern conveniences." For instance, there's a high-powered radio set and television to relax in front of during the long winter evenings.

Says Paul: "This is one of the quietest places on earth. The scenery is wonderful and we can relax and get away from it all. I hope we can go into Cambeltown someday without being mobbed by fans. It would be terrible if they started coming out to the farm to see us."

So far Paul's fears have been unfounded. we hope they stay that way.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Sir Terry Wogan memorial service of Thanksgiving, 2016

Jane Asher and Gerald Scarfe attend a memorial service for the late Sir Terry Wogan at Westminster Abbey on September 27, 2016 in London, England.

The DJ’s good friend Jane Asher made a giant sponge, cream and multi-coloured icing Terry Wogan cake much to his amusement on September 24th 2009 to celebrate his 30th year as host of BBC Children In Need. Sir Terry said he ‘staggered back in horror’ when he first saw the cake, but on second glance found it 'enormously flattering’. He said: 'Now that I can see him properly in all his handsomeness, I think it’s enormously flattering - apart from the stomach which appears to be sticking out a bit.’
He died on January 31st this year aged 77.

Photo 1) Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images.
Photo 2) Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images.
Photos 3 & 4) Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images via Zimbio.
Photo 5) The Sun.
Photo 6) Daily Mail.
Photos 7 to 10) David Fisher & Geoff Pugh/REX/Shutterstock

Monday, 3 October 2016

'An American in Paris' cast interview, 2016

Interview with the cast of An American in Paris, Ashley Day, Jane Asher & Zoe Rainey 

 Monday, 19 September, 2016

By Dom O'Hanlon

Following on from the official London launch of An American in Paris, we spoke to cast members of the production to hear more about the show and their preparations ahead of rehearsals, which begin in January 2017.

An American in Paris features a score by George and Ira Gershwin with a book by Craig Lucas. After a world premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris the musical opened on Broadway in 2015 where it went on to be nominated for 12 Tony Awards. Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon it features set and costume design by Bob Crowley, lighting design by Natasha Katz and sound design by Jon Weston.

British dancer Leanne Cope will reprise her Drama Desk and Tony-nominated role of Lise Dassin, alongsideRobert Fairchild who originated the role of Jerry Mulligan. The London cast will also feature Jane Asher as Madame Baurel, Haydn Oakley as Henri Baurel, David Seadon-Young as Adam Hochberg and Zoe Rainey as Milo Davenport. Ashley Day will play the alternate Jerry Mulligan, replacing Fairchild in the role from June 2017.

DOH: What initially drew you to the role of Madame Baurel?

JA: For one thing how often do you get asked to be in a huge musical when you can’t really sing or dance? I read it and it’s a lovely part, I love the film, I love the music – a friend of mine who had seen it in New York was there when I got the call, she said you have to do it.

DOH: Had you seen the show in New York?

JA: I haven’t…I think getting to this stage now I won’t. I keep thinking should I nip over and see it, but I think it’ll be nice to do it from the script.

DOH: How do you approach the script of a musical, do you treat it differently to a play?

JA: It’s the same thing I think, the way you approach it. It’s so difficult to talk about these things without sounding pretentious – you’re always looking for the truth in it to a certain extent. Theatre is never true, it’s an approximation, portraying a truth through another artifice.

DOH: What struck you initially about your character?

JA: Trying to understand this woman, she has tried to shelter Lise from the Nazi’s all the way through which is an incredibly brave thing to do. And it’s obviously had an effect on her, making her so over-wary and almost paranoid, she’s become ultra correct as a sort of protection, letting herself slip having had these years of having to pretend. It’s given her this apparent dryness and hardness I suppose which is clearly not what’s going on underneath as with so many people. And I think it’s rather nice to see the warmth come through, she’s actually quite a sad woman who loves her son so much more emotionally than you first see. That’s what I’ve got from reading it, and I’m sure when I start working with Christopher we’ll bring out much more. He’s charming, just so lovely. We sat in a room with intense heat – we just chatted and read a bit of the script and we just clicked.

DOH: Are you a fan of classical ballet?

JA: Not especially if I’m honest, I’ve seen a lot. I enjoy it, but there’s something about classical ballet where you know how it’s going to work, I can’t quite appreciate the way that real ballet fans get excited about the shape of the leg, I maybe don’t get it.

DOH: Do you still get nervous as a performer?

JA: Oh yes, in anything I ever do. It really never gets easier because you know how hard it is. When you’re young I think you feel you can do anything. It doesn’t get any easier, obviously you acquire a reputation so you don’t want to let people down, then you get the obvious nerves of will I forget my lines or will I fall over?!

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An American in Paris opens at the Dominion Theatre from 4 March 2017 to September 30.